Muntinlupa City wins DOH Gawad Jose Rizal Award anew for 4th consecutive year

Muntinlupa City wins DOH Gawad Jose Rizal Award anew for 4th consecutive year

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Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (4th from right) presents Gawad Jose Rizal Award and Gawad Bayanihan Award during the local government’s flag raising ceremony last February 17. This year is the fourth time that Muntinlupa earned the Jose Rizal Award from DOH, the highest citation conferred to any organization for its blood donation programs. Shown in the photo: (L-R) Coun. Cornelio Martinez, Coun. Valentino Niefes, CHO consultant Dra. Magdalena Meana, CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao, CHO exec Dr. Juancho Bunyi, Coun. Louie Arciaga, Coun. Marissa Rongavilla. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

For the fourth straight year, the City Government of Muntinlupa received the Gawad Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health (DOH) through the Philippine Blood Center in recognition of the city’s outstanding blood donation program.

The City Government received the prestigious award for blood donation programs during the Dugong Bayani 2019: “Dugong Alay, Ligtas Na Buhay” Awarding Ceremony at Century Park Hotel Manila last February 14.

The award is the highest recognition given by DOH to an organization that conducted mobile blood donation activities and donated more than 2,000 blood units. Every year, DOH recognizes organizations with significant amount of blood unit collections donated to the Philippine Blood Center.

Muntinlupa City was also given the Gawad Bayanihan Award for having the highest blood unit collection among Local Government Units in Metro Manila in 2019.

Receiving the award were Coun. Allan Camilon, CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao, CHO execs Dra. Magdalena Meana, Dr. Juancho Bunyi, and other local officials.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi thanked all city residents who have participated in various mobile blood donations for their unwavering support to the city’s blood donation programs.

The mayor vowed to continue the local government’s initiative in blood donation services. Fresnedi actively participates in local mobile blood donation schedules and is a Blood Galloner for 2015-2016.

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This is an Official Press Release from the City Government of Muntinlupa

 

 

 

Mindbuilders Preschool’s Plastic Collection Drive Sets New Record!

Mindbuilders Preschool’s Plastic Collection Drive Sets New Record!

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File photo from a previous plastic drive collection at Mindbuilders Preschool.

On February 6 and 7 along Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas City, Mindbuilders Preschool organized another plastic collection drive together with their strategic partners Envirotech Waste Recycling, Inc. and Pure Oceans Philippines.

The result? 200.7 kilograms worth of soft and hard plastic materials were collected from the many people (including myself) who passed by their school. To put things mathematically, 200.7 kilograms is a 128% increase over what was collected last time.

You must be wondering…how did such a very big increase happen?

According to Mindbuilders Preschool directress Marah V. Estuesta, a lot of families of their students, including alumni, picked up the habit (cleaning used plastics instead of throwing it to the trash can and collecting it until the next drop-off drive.) She also said that CTSI Logistics, a company who saw their FB post sent over five boxes of plastic materials as well.

Already this the third plastic collection drive of Mindbuilders Preschool that I wrote about and, of course, I donated for the third time as well.

For the newcomers reading this, the materials at the preschool were picked up by Pure Ocean Philippines which forwarded them to Envirotech Waste Recycling. After that, Envirotech Waste Recycling upcycles all the collected plastic and produce brand new furniture and items out of them.

While I don’t know yet when will the next plastic collection drive happen at Mindbuilders Preschool, you can get updates from them by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mindbuilderspreschool.page/

About Mindbuilders Preschool

Mindbuilders Preschool is a Multiple Intelligence school located at 168 Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas City. It was established in 2002 and is accredited by the Department of Education. The preschool is also an active member of the Association of Las Piñas Private Schools. To date, Mindbuilders Preschool established itself with not only good quality education but also worked with its students on several social responsibility projects. The schools prides itself in having strong home and school collaboration. The bond built with families is even carried beyond the child’s preschool years – evidence that Mindbuilders Preschool is more than just a learning institution.


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Allowances, Cash Incentives of 71,000 Scholars and Academic Achievers of Muntinlupa Raised

Allowances, Cash Incentives of 71,000 Scholars and Academic Achievers of Muntinlupa Raised

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Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and members of Muntinlupa City Council awarding local scholars during the city’s flag raising ceremony. (photo issued by Muntinlupa PIO)

With the new developments in the educational assistance program in Muntinlupa City, local students have all the reasons to be motivated and to study hard.

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced that the City Council has approved an ordinance increasing the annual allowance of scholars in the city and cash gifts given to honor graduates and licensure examination top-notchers.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed the City Ordinance No. 2020-054 amending sections of Ordinance 17-107 providing for an expanded Muntinlupa scholarship and educational assistance program and other incentives to students and academic achievers on February 5.

More than 71,000 scholars in Muntinlupa City are set to receive an allowance hike depending on their scholarship category.

Students in elementary, alternative learning system, junior and senior high school will have a P1,000 increase in annual allowance. The allowance of elementary/ALS students is raised from P3,000 to P4,000 per year, while allowance of junior and senior high school students are raised from P4,000 to P5,000 and from P5,000 to P6,000 per year, respectively.

Further, State Universities and Colleges students, including beneficiaries of Continuing Assistance for Reintegrating Students Program, can now receive a maximum incentive of P10,000 per semester. From base allowance of P5,000, college scholars will receive an additional P2,500 for having a GWA of 1.76 to 2.0 or P5,000 for having a GWA of 1.75 or better (or its equivalent grading system).

The City Government also increased cash gifts for its Honor Graduates Incentives Program and Licensure (Bar and Board) Examination Topnotchers.

Cash incentives for latin honor graduates residing in Muntinlupa were raised up to P10,000. Cash gifts for Summa Cum Laude graduates increased from P20,000 to P30,000, while for Magna Cum Laude, it is raised from P15,000 to P20,000. Cum Laude graduates will still receive P10,000.

In addition, the City Government raised the cash gifts given to licensure examination top-notchers by up to P100,000 and introduced a new bracketing system. For Bracket A which include Post Baccalaurate (Bar and Physician Board Examination) passers, Top 1 will receive P200,000, Top 2-5 will have P100,000, while Top 6-10 will get P50,000.

For Bracket B which cover Baccalaurate Degree (PQF Level 6) examination passers, Top 1 will have P100,000, Top 2-5 will have P50,000, while Top 6-10 will get P25,000. While Bracket C – NCIII, NCIV Certifications and Diploma Levels (PQF Level 3-5) topnotchers, Top 1 will receive P30,000, Top 2-5 will have P20,000, while Top 6-10 will get P10,000.

The development in Muntinlupa’s scholarship assistance also include the opening of additional slots for Educational Development of Government Employees (EDGE) program. The EDGE program will be expanded from catering to 20 slots for Undergraduate courses of City Government Employees to opening 50 slots while increasing slots for Graduate and Masteral program from 60 slots to 100 slots for Public School Teachers and 50 slots for City Government Employees.

The Muntinlupa City Council through Education Committee Chairperson Coun. Paty Katy Boncayao recognized the need to increase both the amount of allowances and number of beneficiaries to sustain the rising needs of the students due to inflation and other affecting factors.

Muntinlupa City holds the most number of scholarship program beneficiaries in the country with over 71,000 scholars. The City Government through the Muntinlupa Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive educational assistance program for students in elementary to college, including technical-vocational, graduate school, and for students taking up law and medicine.

Established in 1990, the scholarship program in Muntinlupa City initially catered to college students in local universities including the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, then called Muntinlupa Polytechnic College.

In 2013, under the leadership of Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, the City Government expanded to an inclusive scholarship bracketing as educational assistance was made available for elementary and high school students.

The mayor stressed his commitment to assist city residents in their education through financial assistance and other services. Fresnedi hoped that the scholarship program will inspire students in Muntinlupa to strive for academic excellence and be able to participate in nation building.

Muntinlupa Scholarship Program is headed by EnP. Alvin F. Veron and is located at Plaza Central Building, Brgy. Poblacion with tel. no. 8831-5971.

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This is an Official Press Release from the City Government of Muntinlupa

Mindbuilders Preschool Chopin Seniors 2020 Project: Making the world a better place one small step at a time!

Mindbuilders Preschool Chopin Seniors 2020 Project: Making the world a better place one small step at a time!

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The Chopin Seniors 2020 with the children of San Roque de Alabang Parish, Rev. Fr. Rustico Cruz and the volunteers of San Roque, Mr. Nicolo Aberasturi of Down to Earth and the teachers and staff of Mindbuilders Preschool. Taken last Feb 1 during the feeding program and turnover ceremonies. (photo contributed by Mindbuilders Preschool)

Recently, Mindbuilders Preschool’s Kinder Class (Chopin Seniors 2020) organized a new project titled “Let’s Go and Grow!” which, unsurprisingly, turned out successful.

It all started in the first quarter when the children learned about food groups and the importance of eating nutritious food. They also learned that not everyone can afford it and some vegetables were sprayed with chemicals.

As such, the younglings thought of organizing a feeding program and raised funds by selling personally designed grocery bags. Along the way they also learned about urban farming (Aquaponics, Vegepod, Down to Earth Tower Garden) so people can plant their own vegetables and have regular access to organic vegetables.

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One of the three Down to Earth Tower Gardens donated by the Mindbuilders Chopin Seniors 2020 to San Roque Parish. This is located at San Roque Catholic School Annex. (photo contributed by Mindbuilders Preschool)

On February 1, 2020, they had their feeding program for the children of San Roque De Alabang Parish Zone 9 and turned over three Down to Earth tower gardens to the community.

The Mindbuilders community were thanked for their support. Their team was led by the Kindergarten teachers Teacher Merv Lugtu, Teacher Issa Menchate and Teacher Lyn Salutan

About Mindbuilders Preschool

Mindbuilders Preschool is a Multiple Intelligence school located at 168 Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas City.  It was established in 2002 and is accredited by the Department of Education.  The preschool is also an active member of the Association of Las Piñas Private Schools.  To date, Mindbuilders Preschool established itself with not only good quality education but also worked with its students on several social responsibility projects.  The schools prides itself in having strong home and school collaboration.  The bond built with families is even carried beyond the child’s preschool years – evidence that Mindbuilders Preschool is more than just a learning institution.

Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mindbuilderspreschool.page/ 


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Alabang Hills Village Implements New Schedule For Passing Through Their Village

Yesterday, the Alabang Hills Village Association (AHVA) implemented the new schedule for passing through their village in Muntinlupa City in relation to the traffic re-routing along the West Service Road by the Skyway.

To put things in perspective, the new schedule is now set at 5AM to 12 midnight daily from February 16 up to April 16. The said schedule specifically applies to non-resident motorists who already secured vehicular stickers from the AHVA. For the newcomers reading this, Alabang Hills Village has gates connecting to the Alabang-Zapote Road, to BF Homes subdivision and the long road leading to the West Service Road.

Going back to the new schedule, the 12 midnight deadline is notable because previously passing through the village (using a vehicle with a valid Alabang Hills sticker) was prohibited by 10PM.

As the Skyway project involving parts of the West Service Road is ongoing, we will see in due time how many vehicles (with valid AHVA stickers) will pass through Alabang Hills Village.

Before closing this, those of you who will visit the village should know that there is a new community store that recently opened at one end of the renovated village facility (where the AHVA office used to be). Here’s a picture of the new store below.

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The new AHV Convenience Store. The store keeper clarified to me that they don’t work on a 24/7 schedule.

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BF NorthWest HOA Cuts Electric Cost Using Solar Power

BF NorthWest, one of the largest enclaves of BF Homes subdivision within Parañaque City, just confirmed to me this morning that they saved a large sum of money on power consumption thanks to their use of the new solar panels that were installed on the roof of their clubhouse along D. Jakarta street.

This is renewable energy implemented within the local community and I am happy to see it personally during my visit there.

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Solar panels visible on the roof of the BF NorthWest clubhouse from the rear. There are also solar panels installed on the other side.

“We just received our first electric bill and by using the power generated by our solar panels, we saved around six thousand Pesos from the local power grid,” BF NorthWest Homeowners Association, Inc. (BFNHAI) president Manny Nubla confirmed.

For over a month now, the BFNHAI had been using renewable energy for their operations and were able to control how much power they needed from the solar panels and from grid of Meralco (Manila Electric Company).

To put things in perspective, if the homeowners association continues to save P6,000 each month until the end of this year, that would translate to savings of P72,000. The challenge to that would be the fast approaching summer season which is the time period in which people and varied establishments increase the use of their power for cooling.

BFNHAI president Nubla also confirmed to me that they are able to have their aircon units run on power sourced from the solar panels.

This renewable energy project of BF NorthWest, to say the least, is an early success as the benefits have been realized with regard to cost and reducing reliance on the local power grid.

Now that BFNHAI’s solar panels are working pretty nicely, would you happen to know if your own homeowners’ association (HOA) has a plan to install solar panels on the local clubhouse?

Before I end this, going back to BF NorthWest, the BFNHAI is already processing applications for the 2020 edition of their village sticker. Below for your reference is their application form for residents.

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For other matters visit their clubhouse or call them at 8826-4547 and 8825-0149.

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The BF NorthWest clubhouse.

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A Chat with 2019 SEA Games Gold Medalist and Southeast Asia’s Triathlon King – John Chicano

A Chat with 2019 SEA Games Gold Medalist and Southeast Asia’s Triathlon King – John Chicano

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Southeast Asia’s best male triathlete John Leerams Chicano.

Since he first participated in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2017, John Leerams Chicano raked in notable honors for the Philippines and took his career in the multisport of triathlon (swim-bike-run) even higher.

Today, Chicano is one of the highest-ranking members of the National Team of triathlon and this past December, he won the gold medal in the men’s triathlon event of the 2019 SEA Games that was held at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (so close to his native Olongapo City). With that big victory, he established himself as Southeast Asia’s newest triathlon king replacing Nikko Huelgas (2015 and 2017 SEA Games gold medalist). It was also the big reward for the long road (about a decade) he literally took engaging in multisport events like triathlon and duathlon.

The glory continued the day after when Chicano, along with teammates Kim Mangrobang, Claire Adorna and Fer Casares collaborated to win another SEA Games gold for the Philippines in the Triathlon Team Mixed Relay event there at Subic Bay. That was another gold medal for Chicano making him a 3-time SEA Games medalist (two gold medals and one silver medal).

Recently I met Chicano and had a nice chat with him.

For you, my readers, here is a look at 3-time SEA Games medalist John Chicano.

A quick look at his background

John Chicano has been engaging in triathlon for many years now and has been a member of the Philippine team along the way. He represented the country in many events of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP), most notably the annual Subic Bay International Triathlon (SUBIT). He also raced in other triathlon events organized by Bike King Philippines and other race organizers. On livelihood, he previously worked as a bike mechanic as well as a janitor. He now has his own family to support.

When it comes to triathlon at the SEA Games, he made his debut in the 2017 edition of the games held in Malaysia and won the silver medal in the individual men’s triathlon event next to teammate Nikko Huelgas who won the gold medal back then (note: Huelgas first won the SEA Games gold in 2015). His achievement was recognized by the media and the national government which in turn rewarded him (along with all other medalists) with cash incentives in accordance to Republic Act Number 10699.

Winning the SEA Games gold medal at Subic Bay

On the early morning of December 1, 2019, the SEA Games men’s triathlon event started with Chicano and Cebu-based teammate Andrew Kim Remolino representing the nation. After going through the pressure and enduring the pain of the 1.5 kilometer swim – 40 Km bike – 10 Km run event, Chicano won the gold medal in 1 hour, 53 minutes and 26 seconds. Remolino followed with 1:55:03 to win the silver medal, completing the 1-2 punch for the Philippines.

“We were confident in the sense that we prepared well for the SEA Games which includes three months of training at Clark,” Chicano said. “While I was confident to win, there were a few moments of uncertainty since the big competition (men’s triathlon) could turn out to be unpredictable.”

During the December 1 event, Chicano and Remolino raced together during the 40-kilometer bike leg and on the spot they came up with a new strategy to win gold and silver. At that particular stage, another foreign competitor biked near them. Earlier in the swim leg, Remolino was the first to emerge from the sea while Chicano was 4th (an Indonesian and a Singaporean were slightly ahead of him). During the 10-kilometer run leg, Chicano and Remolino built up their lead as a country and, ultimately, he gave it his all to win the gold, literally upgrading from silver (2017 SEA Games). The victory was witnessed by the top sports officials, the coaches, the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP), the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority officials, the spectators, corporate sponsors and, of course, Chicano’s family.

“It was a very happy moment for me to cross the finish line for the gold medal. I even felt like crying for happiness back then,” Chicano recalled the very moment he won the gold and became Southeast Asia’s best. “This was the big payback for almost ten years of effort racing in triathlon and growing to be stronger and more competitive. My triathlon effort and build-up started in 2010, preceded by biking in 2009. The feeling was so tremendous and happy.”

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Chicano and teammate Andrew Kim Remolino on the sports section of the December 2, 2019 edition of Business Mirror.

During the medal awarding ceremony, Chicano thought deeply about his SEA Games achievement and that he could bring further honors to the nation (plus his locality) in the years to come. The day after that, Chicano and teammates Remolino, Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe got tremendous spotlight together in the national newspapers which was expected considering their victorious achievements.

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Chicano (3rd from right) with his teammates who won medals in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games – (from L to R) Claire Adorna, Kim Kilgroe, Kim Mangrobang, Andrew Kim Remolino and Fer Casares. (photo source – Kim Mangrobang Facebook page) 

His SEA Games gold medal achievement not only raked in praise from many, financial rewards also came in from the national government (RA 10699), the City Government of Olongapo, corporate sponsors and other generous parties. Chicano even got to visit the Philippine Senate and met with Senator Richard Gordon.

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Chicano and Kim Mangrobang on the front page of the December 2, 2019 edition of the Manila Times.
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Chicano with coach Melvin Fausto and Senator Richard Gordon. (photo source – Subic Bay Community Center Facebook page)

As of this writing, Chicano is strongly focused on triathlon and he believes that what he achieved so far as a triathlete, and also as Southeast Asia’s best male triathlete, will be remembered for a long time and perhaps inspire the next generation of Filipinos to excel in sports.

When it comes to the near future, Chicano will go to Australia very soon to attend the Annual General Meeting and Awards Night of the FilOz Triathlon Club as their Guest Speaker. After that, he will undergo triathlon training for a few more weeks there in Australia.

From this point on, I recommend you all to take a close look at Chicano in triathlon events both local and overseas. He is, after all, Southeast Asia’s reigning triathlon king.


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